Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center

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331 Georgia Tavern Road, Howell 07731
732-751-9453
    
Hours   
Daily: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Extended hours Memorial Day-Labor Day: Saturday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

Free Weekend Activities

Safari Backpacks   
Explore Manasquan Reservoir with your family and friends! Each backpack contains all you need to make your self-guided nature walk filled with adventure and exploration! Use of the backpack is free but you must leave your valid NJ drivers license with the docent. The contents of the backpacks will change seasonally.

Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center
The Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center is dedicated to providing experiences of learning and discovery related to wetlands ecology and wildlife and habitat protection. Through interactive exhibits, multi-media presentations, educational activities for schools and community groups, and wildlife observation areas, visitors gain an understanding of the importance of water in our world.
Hands-on Learning
 
Designed to connect visitors with their natural world, the Environmental Center highlights the importance of water. One exhibit features fish found in the Reservoir outside. Another traces the journey of a raindrop as it travels through the watershed to the Manasquan River and, eventually, reaches the ocean. Some exhibits reveal what is not readily visible, such as nocturnal animals that call the Reservoir home. Another exhibit compares the effects of a town with unmanaged growth to one that has chosen to establish practices that protect the environment.
 
Free Nature Programs   
Free nature programs are offered on most weekends. Listed below are upcoming programs. Call 732-751-9453 for more information about these free programs.  

New Jersey Pine Barrens   
Saturday & Sunday, February 25 & 26  (self-directed)   
Discover what makes this area of the state special. 

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!  
Saturday & Sunday, March 4 & 5 at 11:30 a.m.  
Celebrate with us as we read "Horton Hatches the Egg" and make a craft.   

Bird Watching    
Saturday & Sunday, March 11 & 12 from 10-11 a.m.    
Spend time at our bird viewing window with a Naturalist and learn to identify common feeder birds.   

Backyard Birding
Sunday, March 12 at 10:30 a.m.    
One of the best places to become familiar with bird species is right in your own backyard, literally! Discover how putting up feeders and creating a welcoming environment can attract many different bird species. We’ll also talk about identifying common feeder birds and using these observations to help pick out other species you may encounter in the field.

Who Eats What?  
Saturday & Sunday, March 18 & 19 (self-directed)   
Match the different skulls to their possible food source.  

Wood Turtles  
Saturday & Sunday, March 25 & 26 at 1 p.m.   
Come meet one of our wood turtles and learn all about them.  

Earth Day Event      
Saturday, April 22 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.    
Come and explore the beautiful woods and wetlands of the Manasquan Reservoir. The day will include nature walks, live reptile and amphibian presentations, children’s crafts and more. Activity times: animal presentations - 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.; nature walks: 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.; and crafts all day.

National Go Birding Day      
Saturday, April 29 at 10:30 a.m.      
The last Saturday in April is “National Go Birding Day” and what better way to celebrate then to learn some bird watching tips and practice these in the field. Find out ways to develop your bird identification skills and use these to continue the celebration all year round.

 

 

Directions   

 

  • Garden State Parkway to Exit 98, Interstate 195 west. Proceed on I-195 west to Exit 28B, Rt. 9 north-Freehold. Stay in right lane when entering Rt. 9 north. At first traffic light, turn right onto Georgia Tavern Road. Follow Georgia Tavern Road for 0.3 mile. Continue straight for Environmental Center on right or turn right onto Windeler Rd. and continue 1.5 miles to the Visitor Center Reservoir Area on left.
  • State Hwy. 9 south from Freehold to Georgia Tavern Rd. Use Jughandle to turn left onto Georgia Tavern Rd. Proceed as above.